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Fine old smooth silky dark brown patina
Size: 22.5cm high 10cm dia. (max) - 9 ins high, 4 ins dia. (max)
Ex Pierre Dartevelle
Ex European Private collection
cf: The Lawrence Gussman Collection in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem has a similar example (B97.0021)
The Kuba produce several styles of tall and short drums that are an essential component of all dance performances. Their appearance is principally associated with funerary rites where dances are held in honour of the deceased individual. It is therefore possible that these drum-shaped palm wine vessels, by replicating the shape of a particular funerary drum, were used to ceremonially honour deceased ancestors.